You may have seen the list of 32 compensatory draft picks awarded to 16 teams earlier this week. You may have also noticed the Jets are not one of the 16 teams. That’s because the picks are awarded based on teams losing more or better compensatory free agents than they acquired in the previous year.
The 32 new picks will supplement the 222 choices in the seven rounds of the draft, which will kick off in primetime for the fourth consecutive year with Round 1 being held beginning Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m. ET, Rounds 2-3 for the next day at 6:30 p.m., then Rounds 4-7 on Saturday beginning at noon.
The NFL reminds that compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
The league also mentioned that two clubs this year, the Giants and the Colts, will each receive a compensatory pick at the end of Round 7 even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by these clubs were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).
The most important aspect for the Jets regarding this year’s comp list is that their positions in the final four rounds on April 27 have now been firmed up. Here is an unofficial revised list of the Jets’ picks based on the number of compensatories awarded this year from Rounds 3-7:
Round 1 — 9th in round, No. 9 overall
Round 2 — 8th in round, No. 39 overall
Round 3 — 10th in round, No. 72 overall
Round 4 — 9th in round, No. 106 overall
Round 5 — 8th in round, No. 141 overall
Round 6 — 10th in round, No. 178 overall
Round 7 — 9th in round, No. 215 overall
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